CBI records Buta Singh's statement in bribery case

     The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday recorded the statement of Buta Singh, Chairman for the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), in connection with a bribery case involving his son Sarobjit Singh. A two-member CBI team recorded Buta Singh's statement at his NCSC office in the Lok Nayak Bhavan in the national capital. Heavy security arrangements were made at the Lok Nayak Bhavan during the recording of Singh's statement. Singh had informed the Delhi High Court on August 31 that he would appear before the CBI only after it clarified that he is required as a witness and not as an accused in the case. Earlier, Singh, had struck a defiant note saying CBI has no authority to question a constitutional functionary having powers of a civil court, without Central Government's sanction. The CBI arrested Sarobjit, on July 31 for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs one crore from a Nashik-based contractor to dispose off an atrocity case against him pending before the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) headed by Buta Singh. The Lok Nayak Bhavan was declared out of bounds for the public and also to the media till 2 p.m.

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